Burundi On The Verge Of An Ethnic Based Civil War After 87 People Were Killed In A Day Of Violence.

African leadership is typically a people’s nightmare as leaders come into offices with promises of change for the better for the grass roots person yet as soon as they are comfortably in office they seek ways of consolidating their power.

This can be through subtle means but more prevalent across Africa is the control of media, use of partisan police, millitary, and security forces who ruthlessly cut down all dissenting voices.

It usually takes time before, people realise what aride they have been taken for, through false promises by their leaders at elections. Throughout Africa, the stories of horrors tat people are subjected to, all seem to follow the same pattern, with the brutal, lawless murders by security forces who do so with impunity, under the express orders of their despot leaders, in a bid to hold onto leadership for life.

National constitutions Zimbabwean nation under the despot Mugabe and his Zanu PF are not worth the paper they are written on. This is the same scenario that has unfolded in Burundi over the last year after Burundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza, who originally led a Hutu rebel group against the then Tutsi-dominated army during the brutal civil war, in the 90s, decided to seek a third term in office.

This unfortunate decision by the Burundi leader, has raised global concerns and fears of a return to worserning ethnic tensions between Hutus and Tutsis tribes, which led to close to a million people being killed in the fighting.

The growing global concerns that the state of Burundi is on the verge of an ethnic civil war again ,arise from the fact that 87 people were killed in sporadic violence that broke out after attacks on three military sites in Burundi,namely Mujejuru, Ngagara and Musaga happened on Friday.

A band of well armed men, led the series of corordinated attacks on the millitary establishments on Friday in violence which eventually led to 87 dead, eight of whom are security officers whilst a total of 49 people were captured by authorities.

Local residents in Burundi, fear that bodies littering the streets across the capital earlier on are a result of the partisan police force, taking revenge upon the people.

Burundi has been in a state of relative instability after President Pierre Nkurunziza, like many African leaders, chose to maintain a hold on power and announced a controversial decision to run for a third term in office’

President Pierre Nkurunziza, won the disputed ballot, held in July 2015, resulting in waves of unrest which gathered pace and reached a boiling point on Friday when heavily armed attackers launched attacks on the millitary institutions.

According to witnesses, throughout the day there was sporadic gunfire which continued throughout the night as dozens of men were rounded up after raids on their homes and later their bodies were found littering the streets on Saturday morning.

Typical of Africa’s leaders, a Burundi army spokesperson, argued that those killed are ‘Enemies Of The State’, a statement commonly used to justify any clamp down on opposition or activists by African leaders security arms.

A United Nations (UN) report states that , at least 240 people have died since April 2015 in the deadly massacres across Burundi with at least 200,000 people fleeing the violence , to neighbouring states for safety. By Sibusiso Ngwenya​
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photo-aljazeera At least 240 people have been killed and more than 200,000 have fled the Burundi to neighbouring countries.


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